Texas high school shooting

By Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha and Meg Wagner, CNN
updated 8:06 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018
12:32 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Betsy DeVos: "We simply cannot allow this trend to continue"

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just issued a statement on the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

In it, she said schools must be "safe and nurturing environments" and "we simply cannot allow this trend to continue."

Here's her full statement:

My heart is heavy from watching the horrific events that unfolded at Santa Fe High School today. My prayers are with each student, parent, educator and first responder impacted. Our schools must be safe and nurturing environments for learning. No student should have to experience the trauma suffered by so many today and in similar events prior. We simply cannot allow this trend to continue. 

Every day, the Federal Commission on School Safety is working to identify proven ways to prevent violence and keep our students safe at school. Our work remains urgent. Our nation must come together and address the underlying issues that lead to such tragic and senseless loss of life.

12:27 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Possible explosives found at school and off campus, district says

Possible explosive devices have been found at Santa Fe High School and off campus, the Santa Fe Independent School District tweeted.

The district said the school was evacuated, as law enforcement officials worked to render the devices safe.

12:17 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Texas governor is on his way to Santa Fe High School

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott just tweeted that he was headed to Santa Fe High School.

He said there will be a news conference at 1 p.m.

12:23 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Santa Fe students said "#NeverAgain" in April's school walkout against gun violence

Students at Santa Fe High School participated in the national school walkout against gun violence on April 20, according to photos tweeted by one of the students.

In those photos, Santa Fe students can be seen holding a poster that says "never again" and are gathered in a small circle outside the school.

The student that tweeted the images said, "We read a poem by a parkland survivor, handed out gun violence fact sheets and orange ribbon, did 17 minutes of silence, and then talked about ways to raise awareness for gun violence, and make your voice heard."

We've reached out for comment from the student and will share more if we hear back.

12:18 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

First lady Melania Trump: "My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today"

First lady Melania Trump, who is recovering from a kidney procedure this week, just took to Twitter to share her heartfelt thoughts for Texas:

12:12 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

At least 12 people are hospitalized

At least 12 people from today's shooting at Santa Fe High School are being treated at multiple Texas hospitals.

Seven people are being treated at Clear Lake Regional Medical in Webster.

Two patients are being treated at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, and three others are at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

12:02 p.m. ET, May 18, 2018

Police are still searching for victims and explosives inside the school

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said law enforcement officials were searching Santa Fe High School right now for additional victims.

The sheriff said, “we don’t know if there are additional fatalities” that law enforcement has not found yet.

The sheriff's bomb unit is searching for explosives in the school but Gonzalez would not confirm if any have been found at this time.

 

11:54 a.m. ET, May 18, 2018

The shooter is believed to be a student, sheriff says

The shooter is suspected of being a student at the high school, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. A second person detained is also believed to be a student at the high school.

Gonzalez said he believes the shooter is in his teens.  

Watch:

11:52 a.m. ET, May 18, 2018

JUST IN: At least 8 killed in Texas school shooting, most of them students

At least eight people were killed in today's shooting at Santa Fe High School, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a news conference. He added that a majority of the fatalities are students.

One suspect is in custody and a second person has been detained.

A police officer was also injured.

Sheriff's officials received reports of an active shooting at the school just before 8 a.m., he said.